Do you know what the most common reason why people go to Coronado Island is? No, not because of the picturesque Coronado Bridge or the iconic Hotel del Coronado. Here’s the answer: the Coronado Beach. The island is home to many beautiful beaches, which we will talk about in this article.
1. Coronado Central Beach
If you’re looking for a sparking beach, this is it. The Coronado Central Beach has a mineral mica, which is why the sand glimmers. This makes Coronado Central Beach among the most picturesque beaches on the island.
Popular activities on this beach include walking (the beach is 1.5 miles long), sunbathing, swimming, cycling on the boardwalk, surfing, volleyball, beach combing, and tide pooling. Facilities like beach volleyball courts and public showers and restrooms are available on the beach.
2. North Beach
Not many beaches allow you to go with your canine friend unleashed. North Beach, also known as Coronado Dog Beach, allows you to enjoy the beach with your dog freely. Better yet, the leash-free rule is year-round, making it one of the best beaches on the island for dog owners and lovers.
Popular activities on this beach include sunbathing, walking, swimming, Frisbee, and surfing. Facilities like public showers and bathrooms are available. There is also a park nearby.
3. Silver Strand State Beach
A big sandy beach along the Strand. This beach has two parts. The first one is a 1/2-mile stretch along the calmer waters of the Bay while the second one is a 2.5-mile stretch of ocean beach. If you’re staying at Loews Coronado Bay Resort, this beach is within walking distance.
Popular activities on this beach include walking, swimming, camping, bay beach activities, shelling, and fishing. Facilities like cold showers and restrooms are available.
4. South Beach
Next is South Beach, which is situated south of the Hotel del Coronado. This is the location of the shipwreck of SS Monte Carlo. Compared to other beaches on the list, this one is less crowded.
Popular activities in South Beach include walking, sunbathing, swimming, and surfing. Speaking of surfing, do you want to learn to surf? If you do, there are surf schools on this beach including Coronado surfing Academy, which is a top surf school in San Diego.
5. Glorietta Bay Park Beach
Another family-friendly beach on Coronado Island. It has a playground for kids. Compared to other beaches, this beach is small.
Popular activities in Glorietta Bay Park Beach include parties and playdates, picnicking, bay water sports (like swimming and kayaking), and family-friendly beach activities (like building sandcastles and playing at the water’s edge). Various facilities are available on this beach.
6. Coronado Ferry Landing
The beach is located about 1.5 miles away from the Hotel del Coronado. If you want to enjoy a beach where you can eat delicious foods with your family, put this beach on your list.
Popular activities in Coronado Ferry Landing include kids’ activities (yes, it is a family-friendly beach), sunbathing, taking the Ferry to downtown, and fishing. There are many amenities provided on this beach.
7. Coronado Tidelands Park
This one is actually a huge park, the largest one in San Diego Bay. The park is situated near the Coronado Marriott. It has a small slice of beach with views of downtown and the Coronado Bridge.
Popular activities in this slice of beach include casual sand play, picnicking, and cycling around the bike path. Although the beach is small, it has plenty of facilities like restrooms, lots of grass, picnic areas, and a bike path to walk or ride a bicycle along.
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Where to Stay
When it comes to places to stay, there are plenty of hotels, resorts, motels, and others to choose from. You can stay at Coronado Beach Resort if you want to live in a condo-style, rest at the glamorous Hotel de Coronado, spend the night on a wonderful bed and eat delicious breakfast at 1906 Lodge and so on.
You can get to Coronado Beach by boat and by car.
- By car
If you want to go there by car, go to the Coronado Bay Bridge. The bridge is extraordinarily tall. Due to its height, even the largest military ships can pass below. This scares some people but the view from the bridge is amazing. Keep driving as the bridge curves to the left. Then, turn left and head to Orange Avenue.
- By boat
You can also reach the beach by boat. You can either call a water taxi or take the Coronado Ferry to get to the beach.
Coronado Island is connected to mainland San Diego via a narrow strip of land known as The Strand or Silver Strand. Interestingly enough, despite land access, people who travel to Coronado prefer to drive over the Coronado Bridge to get to the island and back for literal decades.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Is Coronado Beach open?
Yes. The beach in San Diego is open daily from 6 a.m. and closed at sunset. The beach is open for passive use such as relaxing with towels and chairs and sunbathing.
- Is Coronado Beach San Diego dog-friendly?
No. Other than the Dog Beach, dogs are not allowed on any area of the beach. On the Dog Beach, dogs are permitted without a leash. You can have fun with your dog in the dog park. Do keep in mind that dog owners are responsible for clean-up and control of their dogs.
- Can I park my vehicle for free?
Yes, there are free parking areas on Ferry Landing Marketplace and Ocean Boulevard.
- Are restroom and shower facilities available at the beach?
Yes, these facilities are available at most beaches in California Coronado Beach.
If you’re planning to spend your vacation on beaches, you’d want to put Coronado Beach on your list. There are various beaches to choose from, including a literally sparkling beach, a beautiful yet less crowded beach, a family-friendly beach, and one for those who like to bring their dog along, to name a few.